I have a problem I am hoping members of the list may be able to help me with.
This is going to be a bit long-winded, for which I apologize, but I feel that I
need to explain the problem as much as I can. So:
I have a new mac mini, which I like very much. The mini is a bsd derivative
underneath, and has a terminal application. xwindows can be run, but it is a
separate app. More on that below.
MC can be compiled there (jumping through a LOT of hoops, but that's not my
goal. I have some remote server systems, red hat 9 systems, that I administer,
and my habit is to do so via MC, because I'm very familiar with MC and I just
plain like it.
I've found a way to do it -- very indirect -- by opening the X implementation,
opening an xterm, slogin to the server, then opening another xterm that "lives"
on the server -- at that point, MC works perfectly. But it's annoying to hop
through all those steps, and slogin requires a LOT more network overhead than
does an SSH or TELNET connection. Some of the servers are remote, and that
overhead is a problem.
The problem with SSH via the Mac's terminal to the server is that the character
set and keystrokes are all screwed up. I don't know why; I know that the
terminfo databases and suchlike are what deal with this issue, but I don't
understand them at all.
So if I log into the remote server via SSH and type mc, I get a mess; it's
unworkable. Even using the switch to turn on using + and - as the "line drawing
characters" doesn't resolve the problem.
So -- can anyone show me a path that will end up with a remote mc invocation
working under the Mac's (OS X 10.3.9) terminal this way:
[terminal] - ssh - mc
Or am I doomed to the following slow and step-heavy process:
[x] - xterm - slogin - xterm - mc
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